What a fun last week of 2016!!:) Crazy how fast time goes by!! This week, I learned a lot and had a lot of really fun experiences!!
- We got all moved to our new apartment this week!! It was a lot of work, but we are finally all settled in and safe!
- We got to drive to Moncton,NB for our Mission Leadership Conference with all the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders. It was super fun to see everyone! Sister Pratt gave an amazing training on Charity!! We also had a training on Contacting and it went like an hour over time because the discussion got so spiritual and deep and it made me want to just tare down the town of Truro and preach the Gospel to them all:)
- Sister Richardson and I wrote a missionary rap song and it was so good that the Zone Leaders gave us Missionary Rap Names: Kill em’ (KILMER) and Rich Money (RICHARDSON) it’s no big deal, other than we might be starring on mormon channel soon! haha
Our investigator Becca is doing SO WELL!! I had an experience with her this week that really reminded me of why I am a missionary and what this is all about. We prepared a lesson to teach about Prayer and Scripture study and we were doing a break out were I went with her and Sister Richardson went with her sister and I was reading with her in Alma about Prayer. As we were going through all the times you should pray, I felt impressed to ask her if there was ever a time that she used prayer to overcome evil in her life.Now background about Becca:At age 4 she was put into foster care. She was heavily abused by her foster parents and that caused her to turn to worldly things for comfort. By Grade 4, she was heavily addicted to Cocaine, Marijuana, Alcohol, and was Self- Harming herself. At the end of Grade 4 she attempted suicide and they finally took her out of her foster home and into another facility to help her. By this point she no longer believed in God or anything of the sort. She started to get occasional visits from her grandma and her sister before attempting suicide again, but this time her phone was sitting by her and right at that moment her grandma posted something on Facebook, making her phone light up and there on the screen was a picture of her and her nephew, as she started to cry. She realized that she couldn’t do it, not to him! So she decided she wanted to change. Becca is now 16 and under the guardianship of her older sister. She has quit the drugs and alcohol, but still gets really bad withdrawals.As she begins to cry and tears are falling down her face, Becca explains to me that last week she had been around smoke and the withdrawal got so bad that she was shaking and she couldn’t even move. Remembering the things we had talked about, she closed her eyes right there and began to pray, “Heavenly Father please help me, help me have the strength.” over and over, until the temptation went away. The peace that overcame her face at that moment flooded my heart with an overwhelming love for the Gospel and comfort it brings. Then, in answer to my question she replied, “Prayer is the way I can be who I want to become, the only way.”I won’t ever forget the love I felt in that moment as I saw a 16 year old girl set down her worries and burdens, humble herself, and ask for help from He who is Mighty to Save. I learned a great deal that day. Missionary work is not about the missionary, its about the Savior and the careful guidance his message gives to all who will hear it and follow! As members of the church, we have a special opportunity to share a message with people.. A message that without your help they will never hear! Help your neighbor, help a friend, a co-worker, a person you meet on the street! Serve them! Show them that it CAN get better, it CAN change, Through He that is Mighty to Save!!
Love, Sister Kilmer